Wat Khao Suwankhiri

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Wat Khao Suwankhiri
Native Nameวัดเขาสุวรรณคิรี, វត្តខៅសុវណ្ណគិរី
Alternative nameKhao Dong Yang, Wat Khao Savankhiri
Part ofSajanalaya
CommuneNong O
DistrictSi Satchanalai
Coordinates17.43349, 99.78195
FoundedLate 12th - Early 13th Cemtury
BuilderJayavarman VII, Indravarman II
Art StyleBayon, Post Angkor S
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition: Medium Prasat Wat Khao Suwankhiri (วัดเขาสุวรรณคิรี - Pronounced: Wot Kow Soo-wan Kiri)

Substantial-sized, largely intact structure situated atop a low hill some 200m southwest of Wat Phanom Pleung. The monument today consists of a, probably 14th-century, bell-shaped stupa on a 5-tier square base, with a second, smaller stupa located to the rear and a semi-ruined vihara or worshipping hall to the northeast. Vestiges of a second vihara can be seen southwest of the main chedi. Numerous laterite blocks are scattered around the site with certain forming platforms and reconstructed walls. The former are plausibly vestiges of older, Khmer-ear structures while a short remaining section of laterite balustrade is reminiscent of the Bayon style.

The temple today is surrounded by tall trees but must originally have formed an impressive sight as well as offering spectacular views across the ancient city. As is generally the case in Si Satchanalai, ubiquitous laterite foundations and loose blocks hint at probably Khmer origins although the original layout of the monument is impossible to discern under the reconstructed walls and later brick platforms.

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